You’re Not Stupid, You’re Just Lazy

You’re not stupid. Well, you could be. I don’t quite know for sure. But you’re probably not. I’m willing to wager that you’re just ignorant of a few things as a direct result of being lazy. Don’t worry, we all can be lazy and ignorant about things. What you should actually worry about is that you can do something about it, but you’re choosing not to.

You see we live in an age where people are able to get information faster than McDonalds hands you plastic burgers, yet some of us are still too lazy to make any use of it.

Even when we know that we should, and can easily do so.

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Attitude Is Everything

The complexities and struggles of life often cause us to make excuses for ourselves or form a narrative to cushion reality. As a result many of us wrongfully search for short-term fixes or distractions to our problems, or convince ourselves that something will somehow make us happy or fulfil us. More than that many of us rely on these volatile and fleeting things to motivate or push us, but time erodes the emotions that come with them and we soon sink back into old habits.

How exactly do we change if we’re such poor victims of our own programming?

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Achieve Through Commitment, Not Motivation

I believed for a long time, in my naivety as a writer, that I needed motivation and inspiration to write. I believed that without it I wouldn’t be able to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. I wondered how so many famous writers or people who’ve achieved success could say that the way to your dream is to simply start. I respected and admired quotes by wonderful people like Nelson Mandela, who said that “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” I could always understand all these words, but I could never apply them. I always just relied on motivation, a temporary advantage that arrived in amazing surges, but after an unpredictable amount of time left me feeling like I’d lost something powerful. And once those feelings are gone, they may take a long time to come back. I never realised how wrong I was to take that approach, which translated to little more than slowing progress to a frustrating level, and ensuring that my dream was left behind. I didn’t realise it until after I finished my first book. I didn’t realise it until someone told me they enjoyed reading it.

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Journalism Is A Great Way To Grow As A Writer

I’ve been writing for the South African gaming website, EGMR (or eGamer), for the past five years. I’ve learnt an enormous amount from the whole experience – in fact it would be difficult to even describe how much I’ve changed and grown from these years and my time with the website. Now, today’s topic came about while I was spending my time reading and learning more about self-publishing and indie authors. I’ve seen many writers unsure of where to begin their journey, and aside from telling them “just start writing”, which is an entirely sound piece of advice, I felt that with my past experience journalism is an ideal beginning point.

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